Mihir Patkar September 13, 2016 5 minutes
Good news, folks! You will soon be able to connect your phones, tablets, and ultrabooks to an external monitor or TV using nothing more than the USB port. All you’ll need is a simple cable that connects USB-C to HDMI.
HDMI Licensing, the consortium that controls and licenses the HDMI specification, recently announced a new standard called the HDMI Alternate Mode (also known as Alt Mode). This allows any device with a USB Type-C port to output pictures to any HDMI display using the proper cable — no dongles or adapters needed. In other words, USB-C cables will be able to carry HDMI signals.
“Consumers expect to easily connect devices to displays with a USB Type-C to HDMI cable and utilize the capabilities and features of native HDMI,” said Rob Tobias, president of HDMI Licensing.
As of this writing, you can already connect USB Type-C ports to HDMI TVs but you can only do so with a special adapter or dongle to convert the signals. Not only is it a hassle, it isn’t even a universal standard.
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